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Attack of the killer dolphins

Posted on Monday, 15 February, 2010 | Comment icon 25 comments | News tip by: Cetacea


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Dolphins are often considered to be gentle, intelligent creatures but a series of porpoise killings has revealed their darker side.

Several cases involving porpoises being killed by dolphins have been catalogued and investigated in recent times. One theory is that the dolphins may have mistaken the porpoises for infantile dolphins - dolphins have been known to attack and kill their own young.

"They leap through hoops, communicate with clicks and are seen as among the most intelligent of animals."

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Comment icon #16 Posted by ShadowSot on 15 February, 2010, 20:56
not surprising at all, I have heard alot of stories of both saving people, harassing, or killing people. This shouldn't come to be a surprise considering alot of people say that dolphins are similar to us in many ways. So if humans harass and kill others, no reason a dolphin wouldn't for entertainment alone. the most disturbing report I've heard from dolphin behavioral studies, comprised of a observation of male dolphins purposefully drowning a pup, or young dolphin, and then using the body as a toy.
Comment icon #17 Posted by glyndowers heir on 15 February, 2010, 21:05
not surprising at all, I have heard alot of stories of both saving people, harassing, or killing people. This shouldn't come to be a surprise considering alot of people say that dolphins are similar to us in many ways. So if humans harass and kill others, no reason a dolphin wouldn't for entertainment alone. The USA and other countries trained dolphins for warfare - including mine laying/clearance and for anti diver ops. they are predators and have innate abilitys for aggression and to kill so were relatively easy to train. They will gang up on sharks, turning themselves into battering rams co... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Mattshark on 15 February, 2010, 21:19
The USA and other countries trained dolphins for warfare - including mine laying/clearance and for anti diver ops. they are predators and have innate abilitys for aggression and to kill so were relatively easy to train. They will gang up on sharks, turning themselves into battering rams constantly beating the shark's gills until it dies so a human could easily come in for the same treatment. Actually they generally only do that with sharks that don't eat dolphin. You put a tiger shark, bull, oceanic whitetip, great hammerhead, white, mako in with them and they will just leave as fast as possib... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by glyndowers heir on 15 February, 2010, 21:26
Actually they generally only do that with sharks that don't eat dolphin. You put a tiger shark, bull, oceanic whitetip, great hammerhead, white, mako in with them and they will just leave as fast as possible. Sharks kill way, way more dolphins than vice versa, a lot of large sharks eat dolphin and that includes dolphins bigger or the same size as themselves. They tried to train dolphin to ward off sharks in the 60's and 70's, the dolphin refused to go near the bull sharks they were tested with though. Also, lots of the military trained dolphin went awol Cheers Mattshark, every day on UM is an ... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Mattshark on 15 February, 2010, 21:27
Cheers Mattshark, every day on UM is an education and I love learning stuff even at 108years old Yes they went Awol, but only to help set up dolphin mujahadeen training camps ready for their take over bid! now all they have to do is grow legs and the end of humanity is in their grasp Mwahahahahaha
Comment icon #21 Posted by Cetacea on 15 February, 2010, 21:57
the most disturbing report I've heard from dolphin behavioral studies, comprised of a observation of male dolphins purposefully drowning a pup( it's calf ), or young dolphin, and then using the body as a toy. Yep, infanticide is not uncommon amonst bottlenoses, some people think this behaviour is also linked to the kills of harbour porpoises, either due to mistaken identity or 'target practice', or, well fun and games....
Comment icon #22 Posted by Vox on 16 February, 2010, 11:37
I say we get rid of these baby killing animals! It's about time we put an end to this sordid affair and stop this dolphin on baby crime! I think South Park had it right with their Japanese "Fu*k you Dolphin and Whale!" So... who's gonna bring the club?!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Abramelin on 16 February, 2010, 21:50
I say we get rid of these baby killing animals! It's about time we put an end to this sordid affair and stop this dolphin on baby crime! I think South Park had it right with their Japanese "Fu*k you Dolphin and Whale!" So... who's gonna bring the club?! Maybe we should start a thread about abortion??
Comment icon #24 Posted by mushrmcloud on 16 March, 2010, 8:09
Oh, I wonder if the dolphins keep track of how often we kill other species... they might find we are also quite violent
Comment icon #25 Posted by Cetacea on 16 March, 2010, 9:16
Oh, I wonder if the dolphins keep track of how often we kill other species... they might find we are also quite violent Very true but I think the point here is that noone thinks we are these nice, peaceful animals that can heal people with our unique connection to sick children, everyone knows humans are violent twits!


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